Trip Start Jun 04, 2007
29Trip End Aug 04, 2007
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Then we headed up the coast further before cutting into Portland, Oregon where we met and stayed with Dutch and Judy Schneider for two nights. We spent some time wandering around the city and then went up the Mt Hood to check out the lodge and look at the sights. We got a tour and information on the history of the lodge, which is amazing in summer, and I'm sure more impressive in the winter when it is full and the 90ft fireplace is going.
Got up the next morning, went for a beautiful run and then Laura and I packe dour stuff up and put it in day storage to get ready to move to the hostel on Vashon island, a short ferry ride away. We were going to be sleeping in covered wagons for the next 2 nights, though the hostel also has dorm beds as well as teepees and then camping available. Our stuff was heavy (we were ready for the multiple block hike to the bus stop, getting on the bus, hiking to the ferry terminal from the bus and then hiking from the ferryb to the bus and then from the bus to the grocery store and then being picked up by the hostel employees fromt he grocery store- they offer a shuttle service because it's about a 2 mile hike) Anyway, we
finally made it to the hostel, cooked up a spaghetti dinner and lounged around before bed
On Sunday we took the passenger ferry to Seattle, leaving the car at the Park and Ride on the island and went to the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame and the Experience Music Project and looked at the Space Needle and went to one of the 7-11s that is a Kwik E Mart for the Simpson's movie. It is all painted and some products are relabelled and the employees have nametags that say "apu." Anyway, we made it back tot he hostel around 11 and stayed up past quiet time to quietly read and watch a movie on Aimee's laptop.
On Monday we finally gotup and going, had some pancakes and go to town to meet Jane McConnell at Pike Place Market for some snacks. She is really sweet and very interesting. We finally headed out towards Mt Ranier and camped in the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie Natl Forest, where our camp host informed us of the beautiful sites along the river and we had a fire and cooked dinner and he told us we were safe becaus he and his wife have their magnums in the camper and they're competition shooters- they dress up in western gear for the competitions. He was nice and stopped by a few time to see how everythign was going and we headed out ninthe afternoon to go up to Sunrise and look around and Ranger Bev gave us a 30 min flora and fauna guided tour and we all got hot and tired in the sun and we left to go drive close rto Mt St Helens. Now, this is where we may have made a mistake. Most of the lodges and tours and stuff are at paradise and that side. Knowing that 123- the road from sunrise to paradise- was closed we still went to Sunrise because it sounded - and was beautiful and an amzing place from what we had heard. However, because of the storms in the last year, 123 was closed, so we had to drive almost to Naches to take 12 in the opposite direction to get to Mt St Helens
Anyway, we headed from there and were planning on trying to make it to Seattle when we stopped at a restaurant and I got into one of my famous, I got it from my father- experiences. I met this guy who was from Portland and was in the area for Toejam, a wakeboard/wakeskate competition that happens 3 times annually, in Orlando, Texas and at this manmade lake in Washington. The competition started on Friday but everyone was there already, building the pool, going out on the boats during the day practicing and just camping out and hanging by the fires at night. So, we were told it woudl eb a free, and fun, camp site for the ngiht and we stayed there instead. The guys got some practice in on the pool and we watched that and just enjoyed some wine and went swimming in the lake and jumped off some of the rails and hugn out byt he fire until about 4 am. Around 9 am the guy whose property it is- he runs camps and stuff there all the time- and his kids came out playing around on ATVs and woke everyone up though, so we packe dup and headed ot Seattle to pick up Aimee's driver's license ( she left it in Pittsburgh and we had ot get ti mailed ot the hostel) and then take the ferry to Bremerton, drive to Port Angeles and take the BlackBall ferry to Victoria. We went to a DQ in Port Angeles with the friendliest people ever, and now we're in Victoria. Mostly we've just kind of taken in the sights and enjoyed the showers and tomorrow we're going to take the ferry to Vancouver and spend a few nights there.
Everything is good and we're moving on, meeting people and enjoying ourselves! I'll try to update more often from now on....